Our 4th Cats were in action last Tuesday at Hillingdon, and their prominence throughout the race paid dividends with all 3 in the top 10 places.
A report from
Will, Vince and I ventured out to Hillingdon for Round 2 of the Tuesday night series. My evening started with a minor mechanical problem which meant I had to work fairly hard in my ride from the City in order to make the start.
I arrived 5 minutes before the off and was greeted by my
fellow TCC cohorts, and we set about devising our race tactics. It was
agreed that we would stay in the top third of the field and work as
little a possible. We would work out our finishing plan near the time.
The race commenced in an orderly fashion, at a steady pace and was reasonably well disciplined. It didn’t escape my notice, however, that most shouts of “hold your line” seemed to be aimed at Will. He later assured me that these accusations we unfounded.
Lap 3 saw the first excitement as 4 riders formed a break, which surprisingly was not chased down immediately by the following group. The gap was around 50 metres but soon closed and by lap 5 we were all together again.
Will, Vince and I found ourselves at the front of the peleton as the next break attempt was made. Vince and Will bridged the gap and I rode steadily at the front of the following group and allowed the break to form. This plan ultimately failed and we were all back together very soon, although Will and Vince, in my opinion, were working far too hard at the head of the field whilst I skulked in the middle of the pack.
The race continued without much further incident.
By this time about 30 minutes had passed and we expected the final laps to be counted down but nothing had been indicated. It then became obvious that the marshals were waiting for the E/1/2/3 race to pass by us before finishing the 4ths race.
I took up a forward position alongside Will as the fast group came by. Will and I assessed that the marshals would call our race once E/1/2/3's had been cleared. This analysis proved to be correct and crucial to the outcome of the race, as the next time round we got the bell indicating the final lap. No other lap countdown had been shown.
There was a surge in acceleration. Those at the back of the field had little chance of making up ground. I found myself near the front but at the side of the peleton and in the wind with no wheel to follow. Will, thankfully, made room for me in the group and I followed a strong wheel with Will behind and, I presume, with Vince also getting a tow.
With much encouragement from behind, I accelerated out of the bottom bend and powered, as much as I could, into the rise to the finish. A stronger rider passed me on the right and Will did the right thing and jumped onto his wheel with Vince in hot pursuit. By this stage I had given my all and was only concerned with not losing any more places as a top 10 finish looked possible.
At the finish Will McFarland had taken 3rd, Vince Leon 7th and I (Darren Paice) came in 9th.
We were delighted to get three TCC riders in the top 10.
Victory went to the Shorter Rochford team of (McCulloch, Holton, Duggleby) who posted 1.03.33, thereby setting a new course record.
Atkins - 17th (1:12:39)
William McFarland, Mark Spindler, Dave Peck - 38th (1:17:02)
Graeme MacNamee, Jason Harris, Johnathon Brent - 52nd (1:24:01)
Emma Williams, Natalie Creswick, Jessica Taylor (riding as Ful-on-Tri) recorded 1:27:42, and subsequently collected the prize for 2nd fastest Ladies Team.
Photo gallery online at Sara Brooke Photography.
Declan Higgins produced a fine ride to finish 4th in the U16's race on Saturday.
1 Dante Carpenter Fit-For
2 Tanveer Mann Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3 David Swan Fit-For Youth
4 Declan Higgins Twickenham CC
The first eagerly awaited race of this years team series started with the triumph of getting 5 of my original 8 riders to the start line with 3 unfortunately having to withdraw due to illness. I rode around the course the other way to cheer on our riders and I was thrilled to see Corinne Hall riding a feisty race putting in several attacks at the front and Jill Parker, in her first ever road race, often riding on the front or near the front of the bunch and looking very smooth, calm and collected. Also great to see Ann Marshall organising the trailing riders into a handy bunch including our riders Wiesia Kuczaj and Solveig Findley showing impressive form in their their first ever road race. Ann also showing sterling determination by racing a 2nd day in a row after coming 3rd Lady vet in the Ful-on tri duathlon yesterday.
Unfortunately Corinne tried to make her last break for the finish when she had an opportunity but it was just a bit too far away and the bunch chased her down and she got swallowed up and spat out finishing just before Jill who had blown before the last sprint. Corinne was left wondering whether she should have sat in for the finish with everyone else but on reflection she felt she wouldn't have won the sprint and would have been left wishing she had gone for the break anyway. Still we live to see another day, and I feel with the strength and depth we have got in our womens team, we can only get better - watch this space - we have 8 riders entered in the next event at Bedford which is a 2 day stage race, 3rd and 4th May.
1. Laura Trott Impsport team A 1hr 50 mins 51 secs
2. Jessica Booth Impsport team B same time
3. Ruby Miller Candi TV-Pinarello same time
4. Genevieve Whitson Impsport team B same time
5. Marianne Britten Max Gear RT same time
6. Kelly Moore Squadra Donne same time
7. Hannah Walker Impsport team B same time
8. Helen Gutteridge The Mischiefcard.com same time
9. Jess Roberts The Mischiefcard.com same time
10. Katie Fernehough Squadra Donne same time
11. Kate Calvert Candi TV-Pinarello same time
12. Kirsty Keck Swindon RC same time
13. Nikki Wheeler Surrey League same time
14. Naomi Anderson London Dynamo same time
15. Linda Hubbard Impsport team A same time
16. Liz Chittenden BCF Eastern same time
17. Charlotte Colclough The Mischiefcard.com same time
18. Bernadette Hards Max Gear RT same time
19. Katherine Symons BCF Eastern same time
20. Penny Rowson The Mischiefcard.com same time
21. Hayley Edwards West Midlands same time
22. Jennifer Hewitt Surrey League same time
23. Maryka Sennema Surrey League same time
24. Tracey Fletcher The Mischiefcard.com same time
25. Angela Platt BCF Eastern same time
26. Iona Sewell Squadra Donne same time
27. Avril Swann Impsport team AA at 4 seconds
28. Cathlyn Orchard West Midlands same
29. Michelle Buck Squadra Donne same
30. Charlotte Blackman London Dynamo same
31. Corrine Hall Twickenham CC 9 seconds
32. Jill Parker Twickenham CC 28 seconds
33. Claire Leonard Surrey League
34. Tracey Corbett London Dynamo
35. Kate Scotter BCF Eastern
36. Gail Aspden Impsport team A
37. Andrea Halman Swindon RC
38. Lisa Scarlett London Dynamo
39. Sorrelle Le Cornu Swindon RC
40. Ann Marshall Twickenham CC
41. Hanneke Van der Werf Impsport team A
42. Solveig Findley Twickenham CC
43. Wiesia Kuczaj Twickenham CC
1. Impsport Team B 300 points
2. Impsport Team A 236 points
3. The Mischiefcard.com 197 points
4. Squadra Donne 186 points
5. Candi TV-Pinarello 167 points
6. BCF Eastern 128 points
7. Max Gear RT 127 points
8. Surrey League 124 points
9. London Dynamo 91 points
10. Swindon RC 71 points
11. West Midlands 57 points
12. Twickenham CC 41 points
A Race Report & Photos are available on the British Cycling website.
1st Joe Perrett Glendene CC /Bike
2nd Christopher Whorrall Manx Road Club 2.50.21
3rd Daniel McLay Univega.co.uk 2.50.21
4th Sam Harrison Planet X 2.50.21
5th Tom Moses Teamwallis CHH 2.50.21
6th Jake Hales Lotto Olympia Team Interbike 2.50.21
Full results, including Sandy's placing, to follow..........
A Race Report, Photo Gallery 1 & Photo Gallery 2 are available on the British Cycling website.
3 laps of the tough Hughenden Valley circuit, which included the savage 22% climb of Whiteleaf Hill saw only 34 of the 60 starters complete this race.
In a close finish to a highly competitive race, Mark Spindler picked up a respectable 19th place.
Gavin Mitchell & Josh Worrall found the going a bit too tough, and Tom Sutherland , in his 5th race in 9 days, also withdrew in the latter stages.
Thanks to Dave Peck, Stuart Stow, Rob Archer, Will McFarland, Jason Harris, & Des Bennett for marshalling this event.
A deceptive chill in the air, combined with a firm northerly breeze, made this a tough encounter on the HCC114 course on Sunday morning, and many of the riders were disappointed with their performances on the day.
Warnock - 1:02:24 (off course)
Vaughn Moseley - 1:04:38
Will McFarland - 1:07:47
Stuart Stow - 1:08:58
Jason Harris - 1:10:41
Rob Archer - 1:11:13
Des Bennett - 1:21:35
Richard Lewis - DNF (Mechanical)